9.2.2022 – acknowledges with

acknowledges with
nothing enormity of
calamity ahead

In an article discussing the next Prime Minister of Great Britain, Polly Toynbee wrote:

But next week we face the appointment of a leader with nothing to say that acknowledges the enormity of the calamity ahead.

In writing about on the loser in the race to meet the Queen and ‘kiss hands’, Ms. Tonybee wrote:

Rishi Sunak pitching to Tory party members in leafy Hertfordshire this week faced not one question – not a single one – concerning the cost of living crisis. From this twilight zone of unreality emerges a leader unfit to grapple with the worst crisis of our lifetime, with a typical 10% fall in disposable income predicted by 2024, according to the Resolution Foundation, which would be worse than during the 1970s oil shock, the worst in a century.

New perils come daily. Corner shops and pubs will close. Libraries and museums can’t be warm hubs for cold people as they shut to save fuel bills. Schools, hospitals, nurseries and colleges can’t pay. Credit card borrowing will soar, and food banks are already running out of food.

Ms. Tonybee is writing about Great Britain.

It was John Adams who said of Great Britain, that he wished. “… to restore the old good nature and the old good humor between people who, though separated by an ocean and under different governments, have the same language, a similar religion, and kindred blood.”

The beginning as it were, of the ‘special relationship’ between GB and the USA.

A relationship so special that we here in the USA seem to have all the same problems, just 5 hours later.

When it is said that over there that new perils come daily.

Corner shops and pubs will close.

Libraries and museums can’t be warm hubs for cold people as they shut to save fuel bills.

Schools, hospitals, nurseries and colleges can’t pay.

Credit card borrowing will soar, and food banks are already running out of food.

You can bet, it is on the way here.

Sadly the same problem with leadership is already here.

Our leaders have nothing to say that acknowledges the enormity of the calamity ahead.

As Mr. Lincoln said on December 1, 1862, The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

And it was Mr. (FD) Roosevelt who said, “This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself–nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Fear.

Fear itself.

Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror.

Easy right?

Best I can do is point to FDR’s closing line for that speech in 1933.

 We humbly ask the blessing of God. May He protect each and every one of us. May He guide me in the days to come.

Humbly, disenthrall ourselves, and then, maybe, we shall save our country.

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